Could there have been a more difficult loss than there was today in the finale against the Blue Jays? My heart broke in a million pieces as I watched the Yanks fight their way out of a 0-5 hole, thanks to Pineda’s ineffective start, only to have the strangely unreliable Betances blow another opportunity to do one thing: throw strikes. He couldn’t. He hasn’t been able to for awhile now. And Chapman hasn’t been much better.
Today’s loss cost us another series against yet another team we should have beaten. Aside from Tanaka’s brilliant start on Monday, there wasn’t much to smile about, except for Judge’s prodigious homers.
This team, as I recall, was built in the off-season around a star-studded back-end bullpen that would come to the rescue when the starters couldn’t go deep into games. It’s not working out that way. Girardi says Betances’ problems are mechanical, but if you ask me they’re mental, too. Not being able to throw strikes and get batters out has gotten in his head. And Chapman hasn’t been effective since before he went on the DL. His velocity is down and he’s not making his pitches. Thank God Adam Warren is back on the roster and can help out.
But what is the front office going to do about the “scuffling,” as Girardi mildly calls this skid? It’ll be nice to have Castro, Hicks and Holliday back at some point and I’m grateful there’s an off-day tomorrow with the A-S break coming up. But if the Yanks are planning to be real contenders, a trade must be made. Must. Be. Made. Personally, I’m done with Pineda. I’d trade him for just about anyone right now.